Heavier than Air: Experiences of LGBTQ teachers represented through performance

This colloquium introduces an important new work to the education community. Presenters Anne Harris, Rachel Forgasz, and Stacy Holman Jones, from Monash University read selected scenes from the play, Heavier than Air. Drawing on interviews with 14 LGBTQ teachers in Victoria, the play charts the experiences of gay, lesbian, and transgender teachers and has sparked a call for the research to be extended further into a national study.

The play was performed in Adelaide in November 2015 and is featured in a forthcoming text, Writing for Performance (Harris and Holman Jones, Sense Publishers). The reading of scenes from the play will be followed by a panel discussion bringing together the Monash University presenters with colleagues from MGSE to consider the implications of this work for the teacher education community – as education practitioners and researchers.

This event is held in celebration of the UNESCO International Arts Education Week, and the opening of the Graduate School‘s new studioFive Arts Education space.